that inhabit the waters around the coast of Florida are divided into three
groups for classification.
These creatures look like creatures from outer space with
their eyes located on either end of their broad flat heads. Three of these are
common throughout the warm waters of Florida, but the Smooth Hammerhead likes
the cooler temperatures and is only a seasonal visitor to the shores. Its weight
averages between 100 to 200lbs.
The Florida record for the Scalloped
Hammerhead is 991lbs.
The World record for the Bonnet Head Shark is 23lbs
During the months of June & July these sharks can be found close inshore
looking for Stingray's which are spawning in the shallow sandy waters.
This groups includes those most frequently taken by anglers in the area
of Florida such as Atlantic Sharpnose Shark which averages 2 to 4 feet in length
and Sandbar Sharks which is much larger. The World record for the Atlantic
Sharpnose Shark is a mere 16lbs whilst the Sandbar Shark averages 50 to 100lbs
and can exceed 200lbs.
The World record for the Sandbar Shark is
This group is divided into two groups made up of the Ocean
roaming sharks like those not often seen such as Threshers, while others such as
the Mako and Great White Shark make up the group called Mackerel Sharks,
probably because of their fast swimming capability. Whilst not common the Shortfin Mako is the most common in this group.
The Florida record for the Shortfin Mako is 911lbs 12ozs.
are 18 differing species of shark commonly found in the waters around the coast
of Florida. Most are caught by drift fishing with live or dead baits using
reasonably heavy tackle as you cannot target a specie. Our picture shows a Black
Tip Shark which is common and apparently great eating.
I have to say I
have not targeted sharks whilst I have fished in Florida. They target you? We
needless to say have seen some monsters, most of which I have been unable to
identify as things have happened so fast, except of course for the hammerheads
of which there are plenty and they are easy to identify.
Tackle & Bait
If you going
out specifically to catch sharks you need tackle 50 to 80lb class and especially
terminal tackle that is specific for the job. Terminal tackle needs to of
the wire variety or you are going to get chopped up before you start and the
shark will be just having a free meal. Live or dead baits drift fished
with a chum trail are a good pre-requisite for success in catching this species.
Nearly all sport anglers "Catch and release" these species. Tagging
programs are also in use world wide to try and understand the complicated life
of the shark.
ELECTRIC BLUE operates a
policy of Catch & Release ONLY. Sorry, No Exceptions.
taste ok to eat and the meat is a delicacy in some parts of the world but we
would urge you to return them to fight another day. Sharks take an extremely
long time to grow and over harvesting in the past has put pressure on the
species. Our picture show a Blacktip Shark which was not caught on our vessel!
State Limits and Regulations
Daily Rec. Bag Limit
with a 54" fork length minimum.
Bull, Common Thresher, Nurse, Spinner
with no minimum size limit.
Atlantic Sharpnose, Blacknose, Blacktip, Bonnethead, Fine
tooth, Smooth Dogfish.
per harvester per day or 2 per vessel per day whichever is less.
Protected Species. The practice of finning or filleting at sea is
NO HARVESTING of
SAWFISH, BASKING or WHALE SHARKS or SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS.
Zenato Shark Handler Video
PROHIBITED SPECIES HARVEST
Sawfish, Atlantic Angel Shark, Basking Shark, Big Eye Sand Tiger Shark,
Bigeye Six Gill Shark, Bigeye Thresher Shark,, Bignose Shark, Caribbean Reef
Shark, Caribbean Sharpnose Shark, Dusky Shark, Galapagos Shark, Lemon Shark,
Longfin Mako Shark, Narrowtooth Shark, Night Shark, Silky Shark, Sand Tiger
Shark, Sandbar Shark, Sevengill Shark, Sixgill Shark, Smalltail Shark,
Whale Shark, White Shark, Tiger Shark, Great Hammerhead Shark, Scalloped and
Smooth Hammerhead Shark.